Black tea is a staple in most homes around the world. Everybody knows you brew it and drink it but what if you did something different? This is where a black tea rinse for your hair comes up.
In this post we will be breaking down black tea and all it’s benefits for natural hair. I will also share my experience trying out a black tea rinse.
What is black tea
Black tea is gotten from the plant Camellia sinensis. Both black and green tea are gotten by oxidizing the leaves of this plant. However, black tea is oxidized 100% unlike green tea. This is why it has its brownish-black color.
We drink black tea mostly for it’s taste but it also has many health benefits. Improved metabolism, alertness and energy, heart health and gut health are a few of them. It’s extracts are also sold as supplements often combined with other herbs, vitamins or minerals.
Benefits of black tea for hair
Black tea is not a magic fix for any natural hair problem and you will get best effects with long term use. That being said, these are some of the most popular benefits of black tea on the hair.
It reduces shedding
Black tea contains caffeine which acts to inhibit the action of DHT which is the hormone responsible for hair shedding. The research however doesn’t say how much tea you will need or how often you will need to do black tea rinses to fully unlock this benefit. So it may not exert any noticeable short term changes or function as a quick fix.
It darkens greying hair
There are certain chemicals in black tea called theaflavins and thearubigins which give it it’s dark color. This dark pigment will cause grey hair to slightly darken after the use of a black tea rinse. This deepening in color only lasts a few weeks at most so they are not a permanent anti-greying solution.
How to add black tea to your hair regimen
A regimen is an organized list of hair care processes you’ll carry out on your hair and their timeline. It involves the activities to carry out daily up to those you’ll carry out yearly. I have a post on setting up a hair regimen here.
Black tea can be added to your regimen by using products that contain it. If you want a more hands on approach, then adding a black tea rinse to you hair regimen every other week is a great way to go.
A black tea rinse involves steeping 3-5 tea bags in 2-3 cups of boiling hot water then leaving it till it cools to room temperature. After that put the liquid in a spray bottle and saturate your hair with it massaging some of it into your scalp. Next cover your hair with a shower cap or nylon bag and leave on for maximum 30 minutes before you rinse it out. Then you can follow up with a deep conditioner of your choice and resume your regular wash day rituals.
When I tried a black tea rinse
The reason I tried the black tea rinse was for experimentation, so that I can blog about it and because I like the idea of shiny looking hair. I wrote a blog post on how to get healthy hair with a natural sheen you can check out if you like.
- Black tea
- DIY deep conditioner
The first aspect of the process is preparing your tea and it involves steeping about 3-5 tea bags in 2-3 cups of boiling hot water then leaving it till it cools which may take 30 minutes to an hour.
After the tea is prepared I went about my process by;
- Saturating my hair with black tea.
- Applying a deep conditioner of my choice
- Leaving both in for about 15 – 20 minutes
- Rinsing both products out with water.
I can’t really say I noticed a result immediately because I did this in the night and I wouldn’t have paid attention to shine any ways but my hair did feel nice and soft.
Other tips to keep in mind
- It has a slight drying effect which may be an issue for low porosity hair. This is why you can’t leave it in too long or use too often. Also using a conditioner or deep conditioner after the rinse will help return moisture to your hair.
- If you are not sure about whether you may be allergic to the tea or have skin reactions against it. Place a small amount of the cold steeped tea (or the tea bag) on your arm for a few minutes. If there are any reactions like redness or itching, rinse it off and avoid using the tea on your scalp.
- You can do this every two weeks and can stretch it as much as six to seven weeks. It depends on what works for your hair.
Will you try out a black tea rinse? I would definitely love if you can share your results in the comment section. If you have any questions find me on social media. Also follow Adropofblack on Instagram for daily natural hair inspiration.
Stay beautiful, Stay you
–Drop of black.